Create your own visual style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.— Orson Welles
Decorating trends, like with fashion, are great for incorporating new ideas into your interior design. Blending exciting current elements with timeless classics can be the formula to create a look all your own. In browsing the trends for 2012- the prediction by HGTV Color Splash host, David Bromstad, caught my eye. The designer said, “We are going to see a lot more big, bold, graphic wallpaper like we used to see years ago.” Over the years I have painted faux wallpapers patterns for theater, commercial showrooms and children’s rooms. Decorative painting is a cost effective way to create patterns that can be easily painted over when a new look is desired.
Earlier this month I finished a nursery (for a Mom expecting a baby girl) in a delightful dot design that created an airy, playful atmosphere. I loved the results and think it would be fun to use this idea in a variety of venues; from sweet shops, gelato and snoball stands to pediatric offices, fashion boutiques and Laundromats. This pattern in various color combinations would work wonders!
When Le Petit Theater staged a production of “The Ritz”, a play set in a mid-70s bathhouse, the wallpaper treatments I developed were based on color schemes and wallpaper patterns that I had experienced as a kid growing up in the 1970s. The metallic papers with flocked prints were always a source of fascination!
Also in childhood, I recall running down corridors with wild wallpaper patterns and horizontal banding. Banding is something I like to incorporate into painting projects for commercial spaces. In addition to creating visual interest with use of color and simple patterning, the banding can lengthen a space and act as a directional guide- moving visitors through a space.